On This Day

Film in History (Part 2)

Events in Film & TV

Events 101 - 200 of 523

  • 1942-08-21 Walt Disney's animated movie "Bambi", based on the book by Felix Salten, is released

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1942-10-22 "Now, Voyager" film directed by Irving Rapper starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rain premieres in New York

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1943-11-26 Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie "Girl Crazy" released

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1944-01-01 1st feature-length foreign movie "African Journey", shown on TV, NYC

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1944-02-05 "Captain American" serial film premieres starring Dick Purcell, first appearance of a Marvel superhero outside a comic

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby

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1944-03-22 American movie star Jimmy Stewart flies his 12th combat mission, leading the 2nd Bomb Wing in an attack on Berlin

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1944-05-04 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released

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1944-07-03 "Double Indemnity" film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released in Baltimore, Maryland

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 1944-11-22 Film musical "Meet Me In St Louis", starring Judy Garland, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, premieres at Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1945-03-29 Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years
  • 1945-04-29 Conscientious objector Desmond Doss saves approximately 75 wounded soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa at Hacksaw Ridge. Later depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge".

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1945-07-06 Abbott and Costello's film "The Naughty Nineties" released featuring longest version of their "Who's on First" routine

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor Bud Abbott
Comedian and Actor
Bud Abbott

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1946-05-02 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

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1946-08-28 Film noir "The Killers" premieres, directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, based on a story by Ernest Hemingway

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1946-12-20 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" film premieres in New York, directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore

Actor Lionel Barrymore
Actor
Lionel Barrymore
Actor James Stewart
Actor
James Stewart
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

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1948-01-15 "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", film based on B. Traven's novel, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart premieres

  • 1948-02-16 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News", shown on NBC

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1949-12-08 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly

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1950-02-15 Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1950-08-10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder, and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

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1950-12-16 Child star Shirley Temple announces her retirement from films aged 22

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1951-01-28 "La Vie Commence Demain" the 1st X-rated movie, depicting artificial insemination, opens in London
  • 1951-07-28 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released
  • 1951-09-18 "The Day the Earth Stood Still", science fiction film directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, opens

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1952-07-21 "The Quiet Man" film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is released in the UK

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
Actor Francis Ford
Actor
Francis Ford

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1952-07-24 "High Noon", American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell, is released

  • 1952-08-29 New York premiere of history-based film "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima"
  • 1952-10-03 1st video recording on magnetic tape in Los Angeles, California

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1953-03-01 After an all-night movie and dinner session with his top advisers, Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1953-03-26 "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released
  • 1953-04-10 "House of Wax" 1st color 3-D movie, premieres in New York

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1953-09-16 1st movie in Cinemascope "The Robe" based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons premieres

Stage and Screen Actor Richard Burton
Stage and Screen Actor
Richard Burton

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1953-11-05 Film "How to Marry a Millionaire" directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, first to be filmed in CinemaScope; release delayed to allow "The Robe" to debut the format

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1954-04-26 "Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1954-09-01 Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant opens infamous 10-day football mini camp in Junction, Texas; ordeal achieves legendary status becoming subject of 2001 book 'The Junction Boys' & television movie of the same name
  • 1955-06-22 Walt Disney's animated film "Lady & the Tramp" released
  • 1955-08-26 "Pather Panchali", Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray, starring Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee and Karuna Banerjee, is released

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1955-12-02 Film adaptation of "The Rose Tattoo", starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster, premieres at the Astor Hotel in New York City

  • 1956-03-13 "The Searchers" American western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood is released
  • 1956-04-14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder

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1956-07-17 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter

Actress Grace Kelly
Actress
Grace Kelly
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1956-10-23 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast

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1956-12-01 Musical comedy film "The Girl Can't Help It" starring Jayne Mansfield with cameos by rock 'n' roll stars Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent

Actress Jayne Mansfield
Actress
Jayne Mansfield
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

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1957-02-16 Swedish film classic "The Seventh Seal" directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Max Von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot is released

Actor Max Von Sydow
Actor
Max Von Sydow
Director and Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director and Writer
Ingmar Bergman

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1957-05-02 First Hammer color horror film released "The Curse of Frankenstein" starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

  • 1957-12-13 "Peyton Place" film based on the novel by Grace Metalious, directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange is released

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1958-05-08 Classic Hammer horror film "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire alongside Peter Cushing, directed by Terence Fisher released

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1958-05-09 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

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1958-07-02 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Writer Harold Robbins
Writer
Harold Robbins
  • 1958-09-05 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1959-05-04 "The 400 Blows", French film directed by François Truffaut, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, is released
  • 1959-06-18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"

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1959-07-18 "The Nun's Story" based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, starring Audrey Hepburn premieres in Los Angeles

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1959-10-07 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
Actor Rock Hudson
Actor
Rock Hudson

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1960-02-03 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
Film Director and Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film Director and Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

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1960-03-17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

  • 1960-05-15 "L'Avventura", Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti. premieres at Cannes
  • 1960-06-16 "Psycho", psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opens in New York City
  • 1960-11-13 Fire in movie theater kills 152 children in Amude, Spain
  • 1961-01-25 Walt Disney's animated film "101 Dalmatians", based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US
  • 1961-01-31 "The Misfits" premieres in NYC, final movie for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe
  • 1961-07-19 1st in-flight movie shown on TWA
  • 1961-09-23 1st movie to become a TV series, "How to Marry a Millionaire" premieres
  • 1961-09-28 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • 1961-10-05 "Breakfast at Tiffany's" film released, based on the novella by Truman Capote, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard

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1961-10-18 Film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and starring Natalie Wood, debuts (Academy Award - Best Picture, 1962)

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer Jerome Robbins
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer
Jerome Robbins
  • 1962-01-16 Shooting begins on "Dr No" the first James Bond film
  • 1962-02-16 "La Jetée", French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released

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1962-06-13 "Lolita" film based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring James Mason and Sue Lyon is released

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Novelist Vladimir Nabokov
Novelist
Vladimir Nabokov

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1962-10-05 "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London

  • 1962-10-31 "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" horror film released directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, based on novel by Henry Farrell

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1962-12-16 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States

Actor Peter O'Toole
Actor
Peter O'Toole
Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence

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1962-12-25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

  • 1963-06-24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London

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1963-12-18 "The Pink Panther" film premieres directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven with theme by Henry Mancini

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
Actor David Niven
Actor
David Niven

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1963-12-20 "Contempt" film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance, is released

Actress and Model Brigitte Bardot
Actress and Model
Brigitte Bardot
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
  • 1964-03-19 Sean Connery's 1st day of shooting on James Bond film "Goldfinger"
  • 1964-08-11 "A Hard Days Night" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US

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1964-09-12 Film that started Spaghetti Western genre "A Fistful of Dollars" premieres, directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • 1964-10-21 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)
  • 1964-12-19 "Gertrud", Danish film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe and Ebbe Rode, is released in France

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1965-03-02 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Actor
Christopher Plummer
Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
  • 1965-05-22 "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious", from the film "Mary Poppin" hits #66
  • 1965-06-07 Sony Corp introduced its home video tape recorder, priced at $995
  • 1965-07-29 Beatles movie "Help" premieres, Queen Elizabeth attends
  • 1965-08-11 "Help!" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US

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1966-03-14 British film "Born Free" based on the book "Born Free" by Joy Adamson released starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson

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1966-10-18 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released

Director and Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director and Writer
Ingmar Bergman

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1966-12-21 Cult film "King of Hearts" (Le Roi de cœur) premieres directed by Philippe de Broca starring Alan Bates

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca

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1967-06-14 British film "To Sir, with Love" directed by James Clavell and starring Sidney Poitier is 1st released in the US

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1967-08-13 "Bonnie and Clyde" crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, is released

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
Actor and Filmmaker Warren Beatty
Actor and Filmmaker
Warren Beatty
  • 1967-10-18 Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" film is released
  • 1967-10-20 A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern California
  • 1967-12-16 "Playtime", French film directed by Jacques Tati, starring himself, is released

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1968-01-20 Arthur Penn's film "Bonnie and Clyde" premieres in Paris, France with stars Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway in attendance

Actor and Filmmaker Warren Beatty
Actor and Filmmaker
Warren Beatty
Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
  • 1968-05-31 Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service
  • 1968-06-12 U.S. premiere of horror film "Rosemary's Baby", based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin
  • 1968-07-17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London

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1968-10-01 Cult zombie film "Night of the Living Dead" directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea premieres in Pittsburgh


Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 200

  • 1934-05-10 Jeanine Basinger, American film scholar
  • 1934-06-12 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1935-07-31 Mort Crim, American broadcast journalist, author, and inspiration for the Ron Burgundy character in the "Anchorman" films, born in West Frankfort, Illinois
  • 1936-03-29 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical, jazz, and film score composer (Far From The Madding Crowd; Four Weddings And A Funeral), born in Kent, England (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-05 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936-05-22 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1936-08-30 Edward Pałłasz, Polish classical, theater, and film composer, born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 2019)
  • 1936-10-28 Carl Davis, American conductor and composer for silent films, born in NYC, New York
  • 1936-12-05 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), born in London (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1937-03-22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks; The Straight Story; Blue Velvet; Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938-06-02 Kevin Brownlow, English film historian and author
  • 1938-06-07 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, born in Jakarta, Indonesia (d. 2014)
  • 1939-04-03 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • 1939-06-03 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 1939-09-29 Molly Haskell, American film critic
  • 1939-11-02 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1940-04-13 Vladimir Cosma, Romanian-French violinist, conductor, and classical and film score composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1940-05-11 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • 1941-03-28 Alf Clausen, American orchestra leader and film and television score composer (Donny & Marie; The Simpsons; ALF), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941-09-01 John Van Hamersveld, American graphic artist of album covers, movie and concert posters, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1942-01-21 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1942-02-26 Yōsuke Yamashita, Japanese jazz pianist, and composer of jazz, film scores, and classical works, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1942-04-13 Bill Conti, American film score composer (Rocky; The Right Stuff), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1942-08-11 Mike Hugg, British rock drummer (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"), and film composer (Up The Junction), born in Gosport, Hampshire, England
  • 1942-09-27 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", born in Siem Reap, Cambodia (d. 2008)
  • 1943-02-28 Charles Bernstein, American composer of film and television scores, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestGale Sayers

1943-05-30 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2020) [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1943-07-07 Joel Siegel, American film critic (d. 2007)
  • 1943-07-12 Walter Murch, American film editor and sound engineer (Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-10-31 Brian Piccolo, American NFL football running back, 1965-69 (Chicago Bears), and subject of the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song", born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1943-12-17 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and avant-garde, symphonic rock, and film score composer, born in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1944-05-25 John Bunnell, former Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon and TV personality (World's Wildest Police Videos), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • 1944-08-26 Alan Parker, British session guitarist (Blue Mink; Serge Gainsbourg) and television and film composer (American Gothic), born in Matlock, Derbyshire, England
  • 1944-11-25 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, born in Moscow (d. 2012)
  • 1945-08-21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1945-09-25 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, American video artist and composer, born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1945-11-14 Paul Hirsch, American film editor
  • 1946-08-26 Mark Snow [Martin Fulterman], American television and film composer (The X-Files theme), born in New York City
  • 1946-10-18 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1947-05-13 Edgar Burcksen, Dutch film editor
  • 1947-06-17 George S. Clinton, American film score (Austin Powers movies), stage, and concert composer, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1948-04-15 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1948-10-03 Michael Medved, American film critic
  • 1949-02-24 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, born in Rome (d. 2014)
  • 1949-06-09 Francis Monkman, British film composer, musician and songwriter (Curved Air; Sky), born in Hampstead, North London
  • 1949-08-12 Mark Knopfler, British singer-songwriter, guitarist (Dire Straits - "Walk Of Life"; "Sultans Of Swing"), and film score composer (Local Hero; Princess Bride), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1949-10-07 Gabriel Yared, Lebanese-French film score composer (Betty Blue; The English Patient), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1949-12-24 Ray Colcord III, American film & television composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1950-03-26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future; Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950-03-27 Tony Banks, British progressive rock keyboardist (Genesis - "Supper's Ready"), and film score and classical composer, born in East Hoathly, Sussex, England
  • 1951-06-09 James Newton Howard, American film composer (The Hunger Games; M. Night Shyamalan films), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-09-07 Mark Isham, American musician and film composer (The Hitcher), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-05-05 Louis Cortelezzi, American rock and jazz saxophonist (Mink DeVille) and film composer (Pokemon), born in New Galilee, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-05-28 Russell J. Wintner, American film executive
  • 1952-06-25 Tim Finn, New Zealand rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist (Split Enz - "I Got You"; Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over"), and theatre and film composer ("Puberty Blues"), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1952-07-16 Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police - "Roxanne"), and film score composer (Wall Street; SubUrbia) born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1952-07-26 Jan Randall, American-Canadian film, stage and broadcast composer (The Irrelevant Show; Poetry In Motion), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-04-06 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1953-06-30 Hal Lindes, American-English rock guitarist (Dire Straits, 1980-85), and film score composer, born in Monterey, California
  • 1953-12-17 Samuel Hadida, film distributor
  • 1954-11-21 Thomas Rothman, American film executive
  • 1954-11-24 Emir Kusturica, Serbian-French film maker (When Father Was Away on Business; Black Cat, White Cat), and punk rock bassist (No Smoking), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 1955-05-20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer (Three Colors film trilogy), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland
  • 1956-02-29 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer whose life portrayed in film "Monsters", born in Troy, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1956-03-16 Vladimír Godár, Slovak contemporary classical music and film music composer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
  • 1956-05-07 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1956-08-17 Gail Berman, American film executive, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957-02-04 Don Davis, American trombonist, arranger, and composer, mostly for film (The Matrix), and television (Beauty & The Beast), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1957-04-23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957-09-12 Hans Zimmer, German film score composer (The Lion King), born in Frankfurt
  • 1958-04-04 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist

Person of interestMichael Flatley

1958-07-16 Michael Flatley, Irish-American dancer-choreographer (Riverdance; Lord of Dance), flute player, and film maker, born in Chicago, Illinois

Irish Dancer Michael Flatley
Irish Dancer
Michael Flatley
  • 1959-01-28 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-Australian film and television score composer (The Truman Show) born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
  • 1959-10-17 Richard Roeper, American columnist and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959-10-22 Marc Shaiman, American film and Broadway composer (When Harry Met Sally; Hairspray), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1960-01-03 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • 1960-11-10 Neil Gaiman, English writer of graphic novels, films and fiction (American Gods, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane), born in Portchester, Hampshire, England
  • 1960-12-11 Rachel Portman, English film score composer (Emma; Chocolat), born in Haslemere, England
  • 1961-08-23 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • 1962-03-13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), film score composer (When The Levees Broke; Harriet), and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962-06-23 Kevin Yagher, TV/film special effects technician
  • 1963-07-02 Mark Kermode, British film critic
  • 1963-09-18 John Powell, British film score composer, based in America (Happy Feet; Bourne films), born in London
  • 1964-02-25 Steve Nevius, film editor (Eden, Fall Time, Damascus)

Person of interestTrent Reznor

1965-05-17 Trent Reznor, American rock singer-songwriter (Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral), Grammy and Academy Award-winning film score composer (The Social Network), born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • 1966-10-07 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer (3:10 To Yuma; The Hurt Locker; Logan), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1967-09-27 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, born in Belgrade (d. 2020)
  • 1969-05-12 Kevin Nalty, American viral video maker and YouTuber, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1969-09-19 Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic theatre, dance, and film score composer (The Theory of Everything), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2018)
  • 1970-08-18 Greg Dean Schmitz, American online film journalist, born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • 1970-10-08 Tetsuya Nomura, Japanese video-game designer, born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974-07-22 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer ("Meet Me at the Movies"), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • 1975-03-09 Jane Antonia Cornish, British composer of contemporary classical music (Seascapes), and film scores (Five Children And It), born in London, England
  • 1975-06-14 Bob Nanna, American musician (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film)
  • 1979-04-13 Tony Lundon, Irish pop singer (Liberty X - "Thinking It Over"), TV presenter (Toast), and film maker, born in Galway, Ireland
  • 1979-06-27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer (52 Tuesdays), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1982-04-29 Kamran Jawaid, Pakistani film critic
  • 1987-03-15 Taiwan Brown, video jockey
  • 1995-11-07 Bethany Mota, American video blogger, born in Merced County, California

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 2012-12-24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • 2013-01-22 Leslie Frankenheimer, American film set designer, dies from leukaemia at 64
  • 2013-02-19 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, dies at 88
  • 2013-04-04 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2013-05-07 Ray Harryhausen, American movie special effect artist (Clash of Titans), dies at 92
  • 2013-11-25 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2013-12-01 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, dies of emphysema at 71
  • 2013-12-29 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2014-03-23 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, dies at 86
  • 2014-04-28 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, dies at 75
  • 2014-07-02 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", dies at 97
  • 2014-12-05 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2014-12-30 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78

Person of interestJohn Nash

2015-05-23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • 2015-06-22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2016-02-04 Jimmie Haskell [Sheridan Pearlman], American arranger (Ricky Nelson, Chicago, Sheryl Crow), and film and television score composer, dies at 89
  • 2017-03-06 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • 2017-06-03 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), dies at 87
  • 2018-01-25 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91
  • 2018-02-09 Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic theatre, dance, and film score composer (The Theory of Everything), dies form a combination of cocaine and prescription medication at 48
  • 2018-05-08 Anne V. Coates, British film editor (1962 Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 92
  • 2018-11-07 Francis Lai, French film music composer (Love Story), dies at 86
  • 2019-01-26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • 2019-05-30 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), dies at 88
  • 2019-11-06 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), dies of pneumonia at 82 [1]
  • 2020-02-24 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), dies at 101
  • 2020-03-24 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident) dies at 96
  • 2020-04-19 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, dies of COVID-19 complications at 80
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90
  • 2020-07-06 Ennio Morricone, Italian composer and musician (film soundtracks for The Mission and The Hateful Eight), dies at 91 [1]

Person of interestGale Sayers

2020-09-23 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 2020-09-28 Frédéric Devreese, Belgian conductor, and composer of classical music (Gemini Suite; Valse Sacrée), and film scores (The Cruel Embrace), dies of cancer at 91
  • 2020-09-29 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53
  • 2020-12-25 Jaan Rääts, Estonian pianist, orchestral and film score composer, dies at 88

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